Gordon Brown to share 2025 vision at ECCI event

26 September 2017

Former Prime Minister and University of Edinburgh graduate the Rt Hon Gordon Brown will set out his vision for 2025 at an ECCI supported conference next month.

Mr Brown will speak at the Sustainable Silk Roads conference, which focuses on putting sustainability at the heart of China’s plans to revive and expand its historic trade routes. The conference programme also highlights funding and other opportunities relevant to Scottish and UK businesses.

Mr Brown is the UK's longest serving Chancellor of the Exchequer and has a PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh. He stood down at the General Election in May 2015 and, with his wife Sarah, formed the Gordon and Sarah Brown Foundation to support the couple's charitable work.

One major strand of the Foundation's work is 2025: Shaping A New Future, which is described on the charity's website as "helping to create a world where the technological, demographic, social and political forces currently reshaping our world can be positive for all."

Ed Craig, ECCI’s Deputy Director and Head of Innovation, said:

“It's a real honour to be welcoming Rt Hon Gordon Brown to this ECCI supported event.

China’s plan to re-establish the ancient silk trade routes has been described as the world’s biggest economic development initiative - with Mr Brown's help we want to make sure it’s the most sustainable too.

The Sustainable Silk Roads conference is being co-ordinated by the Confucius Institute for Scotland in association with ECCI, China Britain Business Council, World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC) and University of Edinburgh Business School.

The conference will act as the 13th biannual Forum of the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC), attracting international experts from Finland, Sweden, China and elsewhere.

Conference tickets cost £75 per day or £110 for two days. For further information and to book, please visit the conference website.